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Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 12/23/2010

Lists: Chris Richards and David Malitz pick their top singles of 2010

By Click Track

sadeJust hearing the snare rolls on "Soldier of Love" got us verklempt this year. (Photo courtesy of the artist)

We. Can't. Stop. Making. Lists.

So far, we've listed the year's best albums, best 7" singles, biggest surprises and biggest disappointments. Today on Click Track, Chris Richards and David Malitz share their top ten singles of 2010. Take 'em for a spin below.

Not enough? Come back on Tuesday to read Singles File columnist Allison Stewart's mega-list.

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Chris Richards's top ten singles of 2010:

1. Sade, "Soldier of Love"

The eye-misting, breath-stealing, heart-obliterating comeback anthem of 2010.

2. The Band Perry, "If I Die Young"

Beautiful young siblings singing about premature death is always a good idea.

3. Las Rakas ft. Faviola, "Abrazame (Uproot Andy 'Hold Yuh' remix)"

Gyptian's summer anthem "Hold Yuh" was remixed into a thousand exciting shapes this summer, but this take emerged as the most sublime.

4. LCD Soundsystem, "Dance Yrself Clean"

The 3:08 mark is a reason to live.

5. Taio Cruz, "Dynamite"

Besting megahits from Ke$ha and Katy, "Dynamite" was super-producer Dr. Luke's most potent summer concoction.

6. Lady Antebellum, "Need You Now"

The '80s power ballad duet lives! Totally prom-worthy, were it not a song about an drunken booty call.

7. Chris Brown ft. Drake, T.I., Kanye West, Fabolous, Andre 3000, "Deuces (Remix)"

Only one verse separates Kanye West's most petulant rhymes of 2010 and the most thrilling Andre 3000 sighting in years.

8. Cloud Nothings, "Hey Cool Kid"

The pride of Cleveland.

9. Justin Bieber, "U Smile (Shamantis remix)"

So much more than a novelty meme.

10. Wale ft. UCB, "No Hands (live)"

Even the live footage from the 9:30 Club below is spotty, but when Wale and UCB performed this Waka Flocka Flame hit at U Street Music Hall in October, all marbles were lost.

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David Malitz's top ten singles of 2010:

1. Eddy Current Suppression Ring, "Tuning Out"

Where the stinging guitar of the second Velvet Underground album meets the relaxed jamming of the third Velvet Underground album, and all is right in the world.






2. Kanye West, "Power"

Every superhero needs his theme music, right?

3. LCD Soundsystem, "Dance Yrself Clean"

See Chris's description above.

4. Fair Ohs, "Hey Lizzy"

It's like if Vampire Weekend wanted to sweat instead of smirk.

5. Rick Ross, "B.M.F."

I'd listen to an entire album of Rick Ross grunts, barks and other random squawks.

6. The Mantles, "Lily Never Married"

Add one part jangle, one part fuzz, one part mumbly, off-key vocals, repeat for almost five minutes, achieve pop bliss.






7. Double Dagger, "Sleeping With the TV On"

Baltimore's best keeps raising the bar with its most dynamic low-end blast yet; as an added bonus, it's incredibly touching, too.






8.Titus Andronicus, "A More Perfect Union"

Throwing everything in your brain and stomach at the wall to see what sticks and somehow it all does.

9. The Walkmen, "Angela Surf City"

When the Walkmen rev it up, it remains a near-unparalleled rock-and-roll thrill.

10. Beach Fossils, "Daydream"

The ultimate example of summer slackerdom is still irresistible in the depths of winter.

By Click Track  | December 23, 2010; 12:20 PM ET
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